Meet the Author
Author of Birds of Paradise
Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m.
Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Birds of Paradise will be our featured speaker on Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m.
In the tropical paradise that is Miami, Avis and Brian Muir are still haunted by the disappearance of their ineffably beautiful daughter, Felice, who ran away when she was thirteen. Now, after five years of modeling tattoos, skateboarding, clubbing, and sleeping in a squat house or on the beach, Felice is about to turn eighteen. Her family—Avis, an exquisitely talented pastry chef; Brian, a corporate real estate attorney; and her brother, Stanley, the proprietor of Freshly Grown, a trendy food market—will each be forced to confront their anguish, loss, and sense of betrayal. Meanwhile, Felice must reckon with the guilty secret that drove her away, and must face her fear of losing her family and her sense of self forever.
“Abu-Jaber makes us wonder about more than what will happen to one girl with a guilty secret. What, after all, does it mean to be a family? Is love really 'exchangeable, malleable'? We can’t help turning pages full of stunning prose to find out.” — Sarah Nelson, O, The Oprah Magazine
“This Jordanian American author writes about food so enticingly that her books should be published on sheets of phyllo dough. ‘Birds of Paradise’ contains her most mouthwatering writing ever, but it’s no light after-dinner treat. This is a full-course meal, a rich, complex and memorable story that will leave you lingering gratefully at her table.” — Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“The Muirs’ absorbing story builds to a thoroughly satisfying climax.” — Sue Corbett, People Magazine
Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of, most recently, Origin and The Language of Baklava. She has won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the American Book Award, and other prizes and divides her time between Coral Gables, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.
Please enjoy a videocast of Ms. Abu-Jaber's visit to Darien Library.
Ms. Abu-Jaber’s appearance at Darien Library is part of our 2011 Fall Author Series. Upcoming author events at Darien Library are:
- Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. -- The Beekman Boys (Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge), authors of The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook: Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables, and More Than 100 Heritage Recipes to Inspire Every Generation
- Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m. -- Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, authors of The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks (This author appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.)
All Author Series programs will feature a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at each event.
Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).